Governor Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday declared that he was tired of being a governor and won’t contest for a third term even if the constitution permits him.
He spoke while receiving his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
According to Wike: “Nobody can be more than the state. So, for me, I want total peace in Rivers state. All of us should come back, wherever you are, whether in the federal or local government, come and work for the interest of the state.
“I’ll not be governor forever. I only have four more years. After the four years, I’ve gone. The constitution does not allow for the third term. Even if it does, bye bye, I’m tired. I’ll not.
“I used to tell my wife every day whenever I wake up, I say thank God, you never can tell the next day, what will happen. And any day I have an opportunity like this, I’ll speak my mind. I am not afraid, nobody has a monopoly to take my life. I will die the day God says I will die.
“Elections have come and gone. We have no other state than Rivers State. I owe this state a lot, if I die today, I’ll not be buried in Lagos, neither will I be buried in Abuja. My house is in Rivers.
“I am unrepentant Rivers man. I stood on the altar of God and I said bygone is bygone. Some people do not believe it, I want to assure them I’m not like them. I cannot stand on the altar of God and make a statement and go back.
“Let us forget about whoever is angry or not. Forgive me if I have stepped on your toes and I have forgiven everyone who stepped on my toes. Let’s work for Rivers state. Anybody who knows me knows that when I say something, I’ll do it.
“We have done the little we can in the last four years and we will not wait, we will not relent, we will continue to work. There is no time for enjoyment. If there are any more awards to win in this country, I will collect all for this state.”